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Spaghetti vs Pasta - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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A recap on differences between Spaghetti and Pasta

  • Spaghetti has less Vitamin B1, Folate, Vitamin B2, Iron, and Vitamin B12.
  • Pasta covers your daily Vitamin B1 needs 16% more than Spaghetti.

Food varieties used in this article are Pasta, cooked, unenriched, without added salt and Pasta, fresh-refrigerated, plain, cooked.

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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Contains more Calcium +16.7%
Contains more Potassium +83.3%
Contains less Sodium -83.3%
Contains more Iron +128%
Equal in Magnesium - 18
Equal in Copper - 0.093
Equal in Zinc - 0.56
Equal in Phosphorus - 63
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 19% 3% 4% 13% 34% 14% 25% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 43% 2% 3% 13% 31% 16% 27% 1%
Contains more Calcium +16.7%
Contains more Potassium +83.3%
Contains less Sodium -83.3%
Contains more Iron +128%
Equal in Magnesium - 18
Equal in Copper - 0.093
Equal in Zinc - 0.56
Equal in Phosphorus - 63

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
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Pasta
Contains more Vitamin B6 +44.1%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +945%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +650%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +148%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +63.4%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Contains more Folate +814.3%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 2% 0% 5% 5% 8% 7% 12% 0% 0% 6%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 2% 0% 0% 53% 35% 19% 11% 8% 18% 0% 48%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +44.1%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +945%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +650%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +148%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +63.4%
Contains more Vitamin B12 +∞%
Contains more Folate +814.3%

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

The summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfills human daily needs, the more the summary score is.
Vitamin Summary Score
3
Spaghetti
16
Pasta
Mineral Summary Score
14
Spaghetti
17
Pasta

Macronutrients Comparison

Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats, and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of food.
Protein
35%
Spaghetti
31%
Pasta
Carbohydrates
31%
Spaghetti
25%
Pasta
Fats
4%
Spaghetti
5%
Pasta

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Spaghetti Pasta
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in glycemic index Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

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Spaghetti Pasta
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Spaghetti
Spaghetti is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 33mg)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Spaghetti
Spaghetti contains less Sodium (difference - 5mg)
Which food is cheaper?
Spaghetti
Spaghetti is cheaper (difference - $1.4)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.56g)
Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Pasta
Pasta is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.026g)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (49)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Spaghetti Pasta Opinion
Calories 158 131 Spaghetti
Protein 5.8 5.15 Spaghetti
Fats 0.93 1.05 Pasta
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 30.86 24.93 Spaghetti
Cholesterol 0 33 Spaghetti
Vitamin D 0 Spaghetti
Iron 0.5 1.14 Pasta
Calcium 7 6 Spaghetti
Potassium 44 24 Spaghetti
Magnesium 18 18
Sugar 0.56 Pasta
Fiber 1.8 Spaghetti
Copper 0.1 0.093 Spaghetti
Zinc 0.51 0.56 Pasta
Starch 26.01 Spaghetti
Phosphorus 58 63 Pasta
Sodium 1 6 Spaghetti
Vitamin A 0 20 Pasta
Vitamin E 0.06 Spaghetti
Vitamin D 0 Spaghetti
Vitamin B1 0.02 0.209 Pasta
Vitamin B2 0.02 0.15 Pasta
Vitamin B3 0.4 0.992 Pasta
Vitamin B5 0.112 0.183 Pasta
Vitamin B6 0.049 0.034 Spaghetti
Vitamin B12 0 0.14 Pasta
Vitamin K 0 Spaghetti
Folate 7 64 Pasta
Trans Fat 0 Pasta
Saturated Fat 0.176 0.15 Pasta
Monounsaturated Fat 0.131 0.124 Spaghetti
Polyunsaturated fat 0.326 0.429 Pasta
Tryptophan 0.083 0.065 Spaghetti
Threonine 0.206 0.134 Spaghetti
Isoleucine 0.228 0.197 Spaghetti
Leucine 0.44 0.348 Spaghetti
Lysine 0.133 0.097 Spaghetti
Methionine 0.065 0.079 Pasta
Phenylalanine 0.297 0.247 Spaghetti
Valine 0.262 0.217 Spaghetti
Histidine 0.132 0.103 Spaghetti
Fructose 0.03 Spaghetti

References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links to the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Spaghetti - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168928/nutrients
  2. Pasta - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169728/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000 calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.